IKULU YOUTHS: We Are not Involved With Plans to Protest in Southern Kaduna
The concerned youths of Ikulu extraction in Southern Kaduna on Thursday called on people of the region to embrace dialogue and other means of peaceful resolution to bring an end to the incessant attacks and killings in the area.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, over the Kafanchan incident last Tuesday,chairman and secretary of Concerned Ikulu youths, Jatau Eric and Barrister Ibrahim Haruna, also condemned the attack on Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his deputy,Arch.Barnabas Bala Yusuf’s convoy said confronting the governor who was on a peaceful mission to find solution to the Southern Kaduna attacks and killings was unacceptable.
The youths while condemning the killings of innocent people in the region said its not appropriate for people to take the laws into their hands to the extent of attacking the Governor and his entourage. Jatau also said they were not part of the planned protest in Zango Kataf council headquarters,Southern Kaduna. They however suggested that government should set up a security task force similar to the one set up sometimes ago, that dealt and wiped out the issue of cattle rustling in Birni Gwari area.
According to them: “In our resolve as a people to seek and look for peace, here-in lies our concern as Ikulu youth. The recent incidence
of Tuesday 20th December, 2016 at Kafanchan when women came out half naked protesting and youth burning properties and stoning the
Governor, Deputy Governor and the state security council, who were in the area to access what has happened is not acceptable to us and we
“We believe dialogue and negotiation can lead us to a peaceful resolution of these issues. We cannot continue to complain of the government not coming to us when such evil occur and when they do, wemove to attack them. In our understanding, no community engaged government “confrontationally” and wins. Yes, you can take government to court, but you cannot engaged government with forceful confrontation. While understanding the pain frustration of our people who have lost their love ones, it is however, not appropriate to take the laws into their hands to the extent of attacking the Governor and his entourage. We as Ikulu youth are saying there are wiser and better ways to tell government what is happening in zone 3 is wrong and bad” They said.
“We are equally worried and disturbed with security situation in somecommunities in zone 3 and other areas; we are together with all our
brothers and sisters, all other tribes and good people of zone 3 who are worried and concern over what is happening to us. In essence, we
empathize with our people who have lost their loved ones and property in this menace that has engulfed our dear region. May their souls rest in peace.
The attacks by herdsmen and Fulani in these villages at night when everyone is at sleep should be condemned by every good and love seeking person(s). Life is sacrosanct and no one should support such a wanton destruction of life and property”
“We are not part of the purported planned protest in Zango Kataf local government where some protesters were said to planning to burn down public properties”.
On Ladugga grazing reserve, they said: “History has it that our people have co-existed with the Fulanis cordially from time immemorial.
Infact beside a few isolated cases of violence we have coexisted peacefully. They have been living on our farms and their cow donms has
been important to our agrarian activities, while we also sold out grains to them and they sold their cow milk to us. This is why our
forefathers never hesitated even when the established grazing reserve was introduced on our ancestral inherited lands”.
“Though as time went by, farmers and pastoralists clashes were recorded, which is gradually increasing with the influx of different
kinds of pastoralist which has posed a danger to our communities and the original fulanis with whom we have co-existed. We therefore call
on government to as a matter of urgency look into the influx of the new brand of Fulanis that have invaded our communities and are posing
a future danger to our people”.
“We are aware that enormous resources is being deployed by the government to tackle the issue of insecurity in Kaduna, however, we
doubt if these resources are being used by the Agencies responsible. We therefore call on government to ensure that funds released are used for the purposes they are allocated for” ondemn attack on el-Rufai.